Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

II. Comments about our policy:

Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
No advertising is permitted
Nothing political or religious
Nothing obscene, vulgar, defamatory or derogatory
Links to personal blogs/websites are permissible - with the webmaster's written consent
A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

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Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

Baseball Fever is not a promotional environment. Advertising of products, web sites, etc., whether for profit or not-for-profit, is not permitted. At the webmaster's discretion, brief one-time announcements for products or services of legitimate baseball interest and usefulness may be allowed. If advertising is posted to the site it will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the post via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue advertising will be banned from the site. If the advertising is spam-related, pornography-based, or a "visit-my-site" type post / private message, no warning at all will be provided, and the member will be banned immediately without a warning.

It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

In keeping with our test for a proper topic, posting to Baseball Fever should be treated as if you truly do care. This includes posting information that is, to the best of your knowledge, complete and accurate at the time you post. Any errors or ambiguities you catch later should be acknowledged and corrected in the thread, since Baseball Fever is sometimes considered to be a valuable reference for research information.

VIII. Role of the moderator:

When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

IX. Legal aspects of participation in Baseball Fever:

By submitting a post to Baseball Fever, you grant Baseball Fever permission to distribute your message to the forum. Other rights pertaining to the post remain with the ORIGINAL author, and you may not redistribute or retransmit any posts by any others, in whole or in part, without the express consent of the original author.

The messages appearing on Baseball Fever contain the opinions and views of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Baseball Fever, or of the Baseball Almanac family of sites.


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Marathons Lasting 20 or More Innings in the Astros Area

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  • Marathons Lasting 20 or More Innings in the Astros Area

    We are the Marathon Seekers Group, eleven SABR members who are constantly looking to discover Baseball Marathons lasting 20 or more innings. So far, we have 648. But we know that we are touching only the tip of the iceberg.

    These games are very difficult to discover. Through much experience, we have learned that the three best places to find such games are (1) during the 1900 through 1929 era, at the height of Town Ball games; (2) Latino Baseball in the Caribbean and in Latin America; and (3) current games as they occur.

    We hope that Astros fans will review this list, and contact me, Phil Lowry, via e-mail at, if you know of a game not on the list, or if you can provide missing details for a game already on the List.

    We offer an Official Certificate to all who find a new game not yet on the List. Thank you very much for your help.

    Philip J. Lowry
    Author, Baseball's Longest Games


    20 – New Orleans – 6/28/1931 – Amateur – French Market 3 Orchid Stars 2 – 500 fans.

    23 – Clark Field, Lafayette - 3/27/1971 – National Collegiate Athletic Association – University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana-Lafayette) Ragin’ Cajuns 6 McNeese State University Cowboys 5 in 5:03, then McNeese State 13 Southwestern Louisiana 10 in 2:30 and 7 innings – 1st game finished at 6:33 PM, 2nd game finished at 10:03 PM.

    21 – J.C. Love Field, Ruston – 2/16/1985 – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics at National Collegiate Athletic Association – Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs 2 Southern Arkansas University Muleriders 1 in 4:54 – 150 fans; 75 fans at end – finished at 6:24 PM.

    TEXAS (38)

    21 – Denton - 6/30/1907 – Amateur – Root Beers 1 Dinkelspeil Sluggers 1.

    20 – Graham Diamond, Graham – 7/10/1907 – Amateur – Gainesville 2 Graham 1.

    21 – Castroville - 8/11/1907 – Amateur – Medina Stars 3 Lone Stars 2.

    21 – Midlothian - 8/15/1908 – Amateur – Arkansaw 4 West End 4.

    20 – Ballinger – 6/26/1909 - Amateur – Granbury 3 Ballinger 2 in 2:20, 2nd game postponed.

    21 – Yoakum – 7/4/1909 – Amateur – Pete Daileys of Houston 3 Yoakum 2.

    23 – League Park, San Antonio – 7/5/1910 – Texas League – Waco Navigators 1 San Antonio Bronchos 1 in 4:14; 2nd game postponed – finished at 6:44 PM.

    23 – Bangs – 5/23/1913 – Amateur – Antioch 1 Live Oak 1.

    21 – High School Grounds, Dallas - 5/1/1915 – Amateur – Revico 11 Rounders 10.

    20 – Gulfview Park, Galveston – 8/13/1916 – Texas League – Waco Navigators 4 Galveston Pirates 1.

    20 – Panther Park, Fort Worth – 5/8/1918 – Texas League – Shreveport Gassers 1 Fort Worth Panthers 1.

    20 – Hamlin – 4/28/1924 – Texas High School League – Anson High School Tigers 2 Hamlin High School Pied Pipers 1.

    20 – San Antonio – 5/18/1924 – Amateur – Laredo 2 El Fenix 2 in 3:20 in afternoon game, called on account of darkness; El Fenix 2 Laredo 1 in morning game.

    20 – Edinburg - 4/24/1927 – Texas Valley League (AKA Lone Star League) – Laredo Oilers 3 Edinburg Bobcats 3 - called on account of darkness; second game postponed.

    20 – Menard – 6/6/1929 – Amateur – Menard 3 Brady 2.

    25 – Dallas or Wichita Falls – 8/10/1931 – City League – Sullivan Grocery 3 unknown opponent 3.

    22 – Ozona – 7/11/1933 – West Texas Independent League – Abilene 3 Ozona 3.

    27 – Monarch Field, Houston – 8/??/1934 – Negro Texas-Oklahoma League – Austin Black Senators 3 Newgulf Black Buffs 2.

    21 – Tech Field, San Antonio – 6/2/1935 - Texas League – San Antonio Missions 4 Dallas Steers 3 in 3:50, then 2nd game called after 2 innings – 5000 fans.

    20 – La Grave Field (I), Fort Worth – 5/31/1939 – Texas League – Fort Worth Cats 4 Oklahoma City Indians 3 in 4:26 – finished at 12:41 AM in the early morning of 6/1.

    20 – Spudder Park, Wichita Falls – 7/13/1950 – Big State League – Wichita Falls Spudders 2 Sherman-Denison Twins 1.

    20 – East Texan Park, Tyler – 7/15/1952 – Big State League – Texarkana Bears 3 Tyler East Texans 2 in 4:21 – 1163 fans, 500 fans at end – finished at 12:26 AM in the early morning of 7/16.

    20 – Disch Field, Austin - 9/7/1956 – Texas League – Austin Senators 4 Dallas Eagles 3 in 5:01 – 2157 fans - finished at 1:05 AM in the early morning of 9/8.

    20 – Higgins Field, Dallas - 4/17/1957 – Texas High School League – Adamson High School Leopards 3 Sunset High School Bison 2 in 4:21 – finished at 11:51 PM.

    24 – Mission Stadium, San Antonio – 4/29/1960 – Texas League – Rio Grande Valley Giants 4 San Antonio Missions 2 in 5:42, dog-on-the-field delay 15th, scoreboard fire delay 20th, light failure delay 22nd – 820 fans; 700 fans at end - finished at 1:27 AM in the early morning of 4/30.

    20 – Pony-Colt Stadium, Galveston - 7/27/1963 – Colt League – Galena Park 6 Beaumont 5 in 5:00.

    25 – Turnpike (later Arlington) Stadium, Arlington – 6/17/1965 – Texas League – Austin Braves 2 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs 1 in 5:10 – 2546 fans - finished at 12:40 AM in the early morning of 6/18.

    24 – Astrodome, Houston – 4/15/1968 – National League – Astros 1 Mets 0 in 6:06 – 14,219 fans, 3000 fans at end – finished at 1:37 AM in the early morning of 4/16.

    20 – V.J. Keefe Stadium, San Antonio – 6/28/1977 – Texas League - San Antonio Dodgers 4 El Paso Diablos 3 in 4:37; 2nd game postponed – 762 fans; 200 fans at end - finished at 11:10 PM.

    20 – Disch-Falk Field, Austin – 5/15/1981 and 5/16/1981 - National Collegiate Athletic Association – University of Texas Longhorns 7 Rice University Owls 6 in 6:07, rain delay 2:00 top 13th, suspended after 3:10 and 12 innings – 4700 fans on 5/15, 300 fans at suspension, 3000 fans on 5/16 – suspended at 1:15 AM in the early morning of 5/16, finished at 3:02 PM on 5/16.

    21 – V.J. Keefe Stadium, San Antonio – 5/21/1987 – Texas League – Shreveport Captains 4 San Antonio Dodgers 3 in 6:04 – 1144 fans – finished at 1:04 AM in the early morning of 5/22.

    26 – V.J. Keefe Stadium, San Antonio – 7/14/1988 and 7/16/1988 – Texas League – San Antonio Missions 1 Jackson Mets 0 in 7:23, suspended after 7:10 and 25 innings – 3792 fans on 7/14, 3260 fans on 7/16 – suspended at 2:15 AM in the early morning of 7/15.

    22 – Astrodome, Houston – 6/3/1989 – National League – Astros 5 Dodgers 4 in 7:14 – 34,425 fans – finished at 2:50 AM in the early morning of 6/4.

    22 – Cougar Field, Houston – 2/21/1999 – National Collegiate Athletic Association – Baylor University Bears 8 University of Houston Cougars 2 in 6:43 – 1225 fans – finished at 10:48 PM.

    21 – Wolff Stadium, San Antonio – 8/14/2004 – Texas League – Midland RockHounds 7 San Antonio Missions 5 in 6:40 – 4286 fans, 90 fans at end – finished at 1:46 AM in the early morning of 8/15.

    20 – Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi – 6/1/2005 – Texas League – Wichita Wranglers 7 Corpus Christi Hooks 2 in 6:09 – 6609 fans, 325 fans at end – finished at 1:19 AM in the early morning of 6/2.

    25 – University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) Disch-Falk Field, Austin – 5/30/2009 – National Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs – University of Texas Longhorns 3 Boston College Eagles 2 in 7:03 – 7104 fans; 6000 fans at end – finished at 1:05 AM in the early morning of 5/31.

    20 – Wolff Stadium, San Antonio – 9/14/2011 – Texas League playoffs – San Antonio Missions 5 Arkansas Travelers 4 in 6:03 – 3887 fans – finished at 1:13 AM in the early morning of 9/15.